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Almost 3 years after surgery....

Posted Nov 16 2011 8:46pm
...and yes, there are still positive changes. However, this past year has been quite challenging health-wise. After moving to the southwest from the east coast, instead of continuing the "healing" process, I've ended up becoming sick at least five times. Perhaps the altitude, perhaps the dryness, but I've had four sinus infections and a case of pneumonia in early October. And now I find my sodium levels are off, electrolyte mixed with estrogen imbalance=a very shaky and scary time.

After moving out from my first house rental in August, it was discovered that there was black mold in the bathroom, which can be deadly for a person with an auto-immune condition. It was there the entire six months I lived there, which is probably why I had chronic sinus infections.

The good news is I FINALLY found the right doctor, an environmental family practitioner who specializes in auto-immune, adrenal and rare diseases, like Conn's Syndrome. Her name is Dr. Erica Elliott, and she practices in Santa Fe, NM. I went to see her for the first time in September, and she understood exactly what I've been through with Conn's. She has a lot of experience with the effects of black mold and is helping me get through my symptoms.

Now here's the thing about black mold in New Mexico, it sounds impossible that a strain such as this could survive in the dry desert. But the fact it, black mold can be found everywhere, and for it to survive in the southwest, it has to become a super-mold, eating other molds to grow, and for that, it is very strong and hard to get rid of. Who knew?

As far as the electrolyte/hormone imbalance, Dr. Elliott is treating me with supplements and has put me on a strict yeast, gluten or sugar. Alcohol is deadly to me, after a glass or two I feel sick and out of sorts. And I've had problems with getting sick from it and had a horrible experience back in October with just two glasses of wine. For now, I stay away.

So, my life is changing still, even after all this time. I am learning what works, what doesn't. Those who have had the surgery to remove the adenoma and are thriving make me happy for them. But the truth is for me, as well as many others who have contacted me, dealing with one adrenal is unknown territory. If a doctor says you are fine, no problems with this, they aren't telling you the truth. Why? Because they really DON'T know.

Life with one adrenal gland is tricky, and the emotional stress is still what knocks me down the most. Achieving balance is my mission, and hopefully Dr. Elliott will get me there.
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